Answered By: Trustee Library Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016 Views: 1016
Click on the yellow Articles tab at the top.
In the middle of the page, you'll see a list of the best databases for finding articles about your subjects. Click on one to start finding items - for example, try Academic Search Complete.
Log in with your six-digit student ID number and your Brenau email username.
In the search box at the top, type your search terms: start with something simple like child abuse. Click the Search button.
You may see an overwhelming number of results when you start, but you can narrow them down using the options on the side of the results page. Here's some of the best options you might click to refine your search results:
- Full Text - This gives you only articles that you may read immediately, usually a PDF or webpage.
- Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals - This gives you only articles from academic journals that have undergone rigorous scholarly review before publication. No newspapers or People Magazine here!
- Publication Date - This is how you can choose the date range for articles in the results.
- Geography - This lets you specify a location, like the United States, for your case studies.
- Subject: Thesaurus Term - This option gives you a list of the most-used terms in the wide range of results you've found. You can check the terms that most closely apply to what you are looking for to narrow down your subtopics.
As you tweak your search, also consider trying out different terms for your topic:
- child AND abuse - The AND is a Boolean search term, which tells the database that you want to find only articles that include BOTH of these words in it.
- child abuse OR child neglect - The OR is another Boolean search term, which tells the database that you will accept articles that discuss EITHER of these terms in it.
- "child abuse" - The quotation marks tell the database that this is a specific phrase, and it must find articles that keep these two words together.
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